Kent State University, where Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students in 1970 during Vietnam War protests, objected this week to Urban Outfitters' red-stained vintage sweatshirt.
Zara said last month it would destroy striped shirts emblazoned with a six-pointed yellow star. The shirts were criticized in social media for resembling uniforms worn at concentration camps during the Holocaust. Somebody skipped social studies, a lot.
Urban Outfitters offered a line of women's shirts in 2010 that read: Eat Less. One can imagine a fashionable two-word response, with the same metrical foot.
The very next year (but surely with other lunatic attempts at fashion humor in between), another retailer teed off parents. This time it was J.C. Penney launching girls on a life of ambition and high self-esteem.
In the same golden year of comedy, Forever 21 released a shirt that read: Allergic to Algebra.
Abercrombie & Fitch in 2002 put out some Asian-themed T's that might not have met all the UN's protocols for racial sensitivity.
These Nike shirts, designed to honor the 46 gold medals won by U.S. women at the 2012 Olympics, honored anthropology too, with a 5,000-year-old stereotype.
Adidas ran into trouble with these subtle shirts promoting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, or something.
TopShop, the flagship chain of billionaire Philip Green's Arcadia Group fashion empire, in July pulled back a jewelry collection featuring the heads of Asian stereotypes.
That same month, Urban Outfitters upset the Hindu community with duvet covers bearing the image of Lord Ganesh. The retailer last year withdrew socks bearing the deity's image.